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Archives: January 2008

Get Gersh Kuntzman’s Cast

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Brooklyn Paper Editor in chief Gersh Kuntzman is auctioning his ankle cast for the Camp Brooklyn charity which has sent hundreds of kids to summer camps over the years. A worthy cause, if you ask us. From the eBay listing:

”Get the actual cast worn by legendary Brooklyn journalist Gersh Kuntzman after he broke his ankle in January! Not only is the cast signed by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, but all money raised in the sale will go towards Markowitz’s Camp Brooklyn charity. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of journalistic, medical and political history — the very cast worn by an award-winning journalist, signed by a future mayor of New York City, and written about in countless Kuntzman columns! This cast’s authenticity is guaranteed and the winning bidder will also receive a high-resolution digital photo of Markowitz signing the historic cast.”

Bid here.

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Limbaugh, Cindy Adams And The Chattering Class

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Influential radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh showed up at the after party for a screening of HBO’s Bernard and Doris, venturing deep into enemy terriory with pal and NY Post columnist Cindy Adams. From Daily Musto:

”Only in New York,” murmured writer Gay Talese, a reference to the fact that Rush was with my friend and dictator, glamorous Post gossip Cindy Adams. As I reached for my Oxycontin, The View’s Joy Behar told me, ”I said to Cindy, He’s the perfect date for you. He’s deaf!” ”She said ‘Bitch’ and walked off.” All in fun, mind you.

The Huffington Post has Joy Behar’s own peculiar perspective on the mini-contretemps:

Joy: ”All of a sudden this humongous person comes up to me, from the left, a famous person — big guy — and snuggles and nestles my neck. Hello, Joy! And gives me the big kiss … squeezed me to death also.”

More at HuffPo

(image via abcnews.com)

Media Events 1.31.08

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THURSDAY 1.31.08
WHAT: Reading and signing of The Long Embrace
WHO: Author Judith Freeman
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Book Soup
WHY: For Raymond Chandler fans, this book will illuminate many of the darkened corners of his life.

SATURDAY 2.2.08
WHAT: John Cage’s Roaratorio: A Verbivocovisual Celebration of James Joyce’s Birthday
WHO: John Cage, John Snyder, Dolores Stevens, Marjorie Perloff and Robert Winter
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hammer Museum
WHY: When tackled in large groups, James Joyce is less confounding. Plus, it’s free. “yes i said i will yes!”

TUESDAY 2.5.08
WHAT: NBCC GoodReads Winter List Panel
WHO: Poet Amy Gertsler, NPR book critic Veronique de Turenne, novelist Katherine Taylor, novelist and critic Darcy Cosper, and blogger and novelist Mark Sarvas
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Skylight Books
WHY: Not only will a bunch of smart, talented people recommend a bunch of books to you, they’ll discuss the art of recommending books. It’ll be meta and lots of fun.

L.A. Times Slams Nic Harcourt and Diablo Cody

md_pjharvey.jpgIt’s like a snark twofer: In a feature called Underrated/Overrated the two L.A. media darlings are cut down to nothing:

NIC HARCOURT: His Morning Becomes Eclectic has evolved into the most pompous and least-rocking show on the FM airwaves. (With all those mewling singer-songwriters, “Morning Becomes Pathetic” is more apt.) A British accent and claims of championing Alanis Morissette only take you so far.

JUNO: The snarky, rapid-fire quips that pass for “razor sharp wit” amount to little more than an emotionally superficial take on teen pregnancy. That “Juno” received Oscar nods for best picture and original screenplay — it’s Little Miss Sunshine all over again: another sweet movie overhyped. Juno could have been the female Superbad–trenchantly funny and thus too edgy to be seriously considered.

Meow.

The Daily Angle: Thursday, Jan. 31

MySpace opens up to third party applications; WSJ.com, CNET and NBC.com allow users to see what their Facebook friends are reading; and former studio exec Stephen Chao launches Wonderhowto.com. Here’s Amy Palmer with today’s Daily Angle.

Will Fox Business Use WSJ Reporters?

Rupert Murdoch might be going green, but he’s still crafty. His EVP at Fox Business, Kevin Magee, believes he found a way to work around WSJ‘s deal with CNBC giving the rival network exclusive rights to use the paper’s talent on air. Speaking at the Always On conference, Magee said:

“There are some restrictions. We can’t just go ahead and use anything. I believe the restrictions involve regularly-scheduled, branded segments. There is a carve-out for non-business news and there is a carve-out for breaking news.”

Hmm.

Strike Watch: WGA Nixes Anti-CBS Event

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Variety is taking the WGA’s abrupt decision to cancel a media event that would have embarrassed CBS and Leslie Moonves as a sign that a resolution to he strike, presently in informal talks with the studios, ”may be gaining momentum.” From Variety:

”Next Tuesday’s event at the Cornell Club in Gotham would have also been designed to persuade research analysts to lower their investment ratings on CBS stock. The get-together was billed as an hour-long event to present the WGA’s analysis of the strike’s impact on the congloms generally and CBS specifically, featuring speeches by WGA West president Patric Verrone, WGA East prexy Michael Winship, SAG president Alan Rosenberg and writers and actors from CBS programs.”

Pressure to resolve the strike before the Oscar broadcast — generally the second most-watched television program of the year — is mounting. The show’s host, Jon Stewart, is privately telling friends that he will not cross a WGA strike picket.

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Which Magazine Dropped The Ball On Heath Ledger’s Drug Use?

Via Popbitch (typos theirs):

Which magazine at the end of last yeat dropped a “Heath Ledger on drugs” story, when the journalist let it slip that not only did he join in the gak-fest, but that was the one to call up the dealer?

Boston Magazine Nun-Naked Man Ad Rankles

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Media Math 101: Provocative equals publicity. A two-page Boston magazine ad featuring nuns sketching a nude man for a fitness club is driving a lot of conversation in the blogosphere this afternoon. Catholic leaders in Boston are, to be sure, protesting the ad. From Foxnews:

”The ad, created by an unnamed Minnesota agency, features three nuns — one wearing a garter — painting the chiseled man while a fourth nun watches from behind a gate.

”The gym, Equinox Fitness, issued the following statement: ‘The ads capture the energy and artistry of the well-conditioned body in a thought-provoking fashion, blending fantasy and impact.”’

An impact worth tens of millions of dollars in free publicity, we cannot fail to note.

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Great Moments In Egomania: Christopher Hitchens Debates Shmuley Boteach

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Last night, we journeyed up to the 92nd Street Y to see Christopher Hitchens debate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on the existence of God.

It was the most cringe-inducing thing we’ve seen in a long time. Hell, it was something straight out of Curb Your Enthusiasm. We watched a clergyman, publicity hound that he may be, get verbally disembowelled by The Hitch.

Thoughts, notes and highlights after the jump.

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